# Questions tagged [communication-complexity]

Questions regarding the amount of communication needed to accomplish a computational task, when the information about the task is spread across several agents

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### Communication Complexity ...Classes?

Discussion: I've been spending some personal time lately learning various things in communication complexity. For instance, I've re-familiarized myself with the relevant chapter in Arora/Barak, ...
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### Communication complexity of reconstructing a random bit-string of length $n$

This seems like a folklore claim but I cannot find any reference to it. If Alice has a bit-string of length $n$ where each entry is independently set to 0 or 1 equiprobably, and Bob's goal is to ...
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### Deterministic one way communication complexity for message with arbitrary length

Let Alice have a binary string of length $n$ that it wants to send to Bob along a one-bit communication channel. However, Bob does not know the length of the message. I have been looking into ...
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### Multi-round communication complexity of greater than

For the "greater-than" problem in Yao's 2-party communication complexity model, Alice receives $X$ and Bob receives $Y$, and they need to decide whether $X>Y$. I recently listened to an (...
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### Lower bounds for list/set data structures without delete

I'm interested in lower bounds on the amortized time cost for either of the following dynamic data structure problems, in the cell probe or RAM model, or any model that lets us do operations on words ...
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### Expected vs worst-case communication complexity

In the set disjointness problem of 2-party communication complexity, Alice and Bob are both given an $n$-bit string as input; denoted by $X$ for Alice's input, and $Y$ for Bob's input. They need to ...
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### Matrix rank approximation

I am aware of the problem of low rank approximation of matrices which has been studied in various models of computation. My question is the following: What is the status of approximating rank of a ...
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### multi-party Communication complexity of "Set Partition problem"

In an application I'm considering, I need to know the communication complexity of the following problem: Given $n$, let $S$ be the set of integers from $1$ to $n$. Alice, Bob, and Carol each ...
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### One way randomised communication complexity of disjointness

I am looking for a reference for the (classical) one way randomised communication complexity of disjointness when the universe can be large. Say Alice and Bob both have sets of size $m$ chosen from a ...
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### Newman's lemma for distributional communication complexity

This may be obvious — sorry if it is. Newman's lemma (Newman91] shows that any public-coin communication protocol to compute a Boolean function $f\colon \{0,1\}^n\times\{0,1\}^n\to\{0,1\}$ can be ...
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### What is the exact communication complexity of subtree disjointness?

A classic textbook example for communication complexity is when A and B both receive a subtree of a an $n$-node tree (that they both know), and they need to output whether their subtrees are disjoint ...
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### Communication complexity of approximating the size of set intersection

Consider the set-intersection problem: Alice and Bob each get a subset of $\left\{ 1,\ldots, n\right\}$, and they would like to know whether their sets intersect. This is a canonical problem of ...
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### On the notion of positive rank

The positive rank of a square matrix is defined in Theorem $3$ of "Expressing Combinatorial Optimization Problems by Linear Programs" by Mihalis Yannakakis as follows: given a $n\times n$ matrix $A$, ...
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### Is there a name for this concept in Communication Complexity?

Let Alice and Bob compute boolean function $f(x_1,\dots,x_{2n})$. Select a random subset $\mathcal I\subseteq\{1,\dots,2n\}$ of cardinality $n$ and let $\mathcal J=\{1,\dots,2n\}\backslash\mathcal I$....
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### Is this graph communication game known?

Let $X_m=[m]=\{0,1,\dots,m-1\}$ and let $Y_m=[2m]\setminus [m]$. Given is a complete bipartite graph $G_m$, with parts $X_m$ and $Y_m$ and edges $\{x,y\}$ for every $x\in X_m$ and $y\in Y_m$. Alice ...
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### Regular languages and constant communication complexity

Let $L \subseteq A^*$ be a language, and define $f_L\colon A^* \times A^* \to \{0, 1\}$ by $f_L(x, y) = 1$ iff $x\cdot y \in L$. I'm searching for a reference for: Proposition. $L$ is regular iff ...
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### Evaluating boolean formula without knowing all values

I am looking for research approaches for the following problem: assume we have a set of $m$ computers, each carries a bit, and a Boolean formula $\varphi$ over those $m$ variables. The computers are ...
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### Communication complexity protocols depending on inputs

Classical communication complexity requires one protocol (binary tree with edges labeled by bits Alice and Bob send) to solve the problem for every pair of inputs. What if we allow Alice and Bob to ...
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### Distribution attaining minimum discrepancy of disjointness function

Is it true that for the optimal distribution $\nu$ (not necessarily uniform) that attains minimum discrepancy $\mathsf{disc}(\mathsf{DISJ}_n)$ for the disjointness function $\mathsf{DISJ}_n$ we have ...
It is something that I think should be known: what is nondeterministic communication complexity of following task: is $H(x,y) \geq k$? There is an obvious upper bound $k \log(n)$. I would expect ...